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Places to picnic

Even though the weather may not be ideal, BBQs and picnics are a seasonal staple. They’re a great way to get out into the open air and enjoy some of the world’s natural beauty. And remember, your picnics do not have to be confined to the local park!

Here are some great locations the Flexicover Team suggest for a picnic with a difference!

Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand

The Milford Sound is a fjord in New Zealand’s South island within Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. This is natural beauty at its best and one of New Zealand’s most famous tourist spots. The sights at Milford Sound are incredible; with rainforest trees hugging dramatic cliffs and waterfalls cascading into rivers, this is a truly stunning picnic spot! This natural wonderland is probably best explored cruising along in a boat or kayaking along the coastline. Pack a picnic and enjoy every moment and don’t forget to take some Anzac biscuits!

Villa Borghese Gardens, Rome, Italy

The Villa Borghese Gardens are a breath of fresh air for anyone visiting for a few relaxing hours. Originally a private vineyard and now the second largest public park in Rome, these gardens offer a picnic perfect landscape. Teeming with museums, art galleries, fountains, sculptures, a theatre and even one of the oldest zoos in Europe, these gardens have something for everyone! Rent a bike or pedal cart or take a stroll by the lake and then find a shady spot to enjoy a great Italian picnic – olives, cheese, marinated artichokes, pizza bianca and a bottle of wine. And before you leave, don’t miss the fabulous views of the city from atop the Pincian Hill or from the top of the famous Spanish Steps!

Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France

This public Parisian garden, located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, first opened its gates in 1667 and has remained a popular place for locals and tourists alike through the ages. Beautifully landscaped and lined with trees, fountains and cafes, this elegant park in the centre of Paris is perfect for a stroll, lounge or picnic! Buy some cheese from the fromagerie, a fresh baguette from the boulangerie and eat and enjoy in the open as the locals do. Find a spot on one of the provided chairs by the pond and spend an hour or all day – the choice is yours!

National Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., USA

The six acre National Sculpture Garden is an extension of the National Gallery of Art and is a fabulous space that offers year round enjoyment to the public. There are 17 major sculptures on display by internationally renowned artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg and Louise Bourgeois. This is a great place for a relaxing picnic with friends and family. Summer evenings on Fridays are fabulous with jazz musicians entertaining visitors by the reflecting pool – they start at 5pm, so get there early and try to get a seat by the fountain!

Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai, India

This fabulous oasis is often referred to as the ‘lungs of suburban Mumbai’. Situated in the picturesque hilly areas of Borivali, this beautiful park is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai’s crowded streets and is the only protected forest within the limits of a city. With unspoilt woodland, streams and a wide range of attractions such as a lion and tiger safari, trekking, boating, rock climbing and the ancient Buddhist caves, this really is a great haven and a fabulous opportunity to spend some time with nature. Whether you walk or cycle around this park don’t forget your picnic – but make sure to guard it from the mischievous monkeys!

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Western Cape, South Africa

World-renowned for its beauty, the gardens of Kirstenbosch are simply stunning. Set against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain and growing only indigenous South African plants over 528 hectares, this is definitely a visit of a lifetime to see natural beauty at its best if you’re in Cape Town. Take your time exploring the landscape including specially designed fragrance and medicinal gardens. Experience the Cape flora in all its diversity; the gardens are famous for this! Lie on the lawn and enjoy a picnic in a fabulous location. And if you’re lucky enough to visit on a summer’s Sunday, enjoy a free concert with local artists. Breathtakingly beautiful and don’t forget your camera!

If you are lucky enough to have a picnic abroad this year, then you may need a helping hand from Flexicover Direct, the travel insurance specialist, committed to providing the highest level of service to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.

If you are travelling soon, have a great trip!